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This Blog Has Moved!

Right, so yes, five years ago I moved to github pages, and never bothered to redirect any of these pages there. Now I've moved on from there, and... Finally I am using my real domain, . My blog is now at .  See you there!

Comments on representations of our industry

I have not (yet) seen the presentation this post is referring to.  But I think many of the comments Ted makes are very valid, and our industry as a whole should occasionally stop and think.  I've seen Ted speak at QCon, and I've had a lot of time for his comments ever since. I'm aware that this blog is rapidly filling with comments about gender and perceptions and people-y stuff, when I originally wanted it to be a purely technical blog.  But I guess this other stuff interests me more.  And there are less people talking about it than there are talking about pure technical solutions to problems.

Why changing jobs frequently is not necessarily a bad thing... fact, it's actually a good thing .

Sexism in IT?

Let's celebrate our IT women "Everyone" knows that there are more men than women in IT.  That it's a "boys" job.  Not a lot of people know that the first programmer was a woman.  Not a lot of people realise the number of women in IT is DECREASING.  And has been since the 80s.  In a working world where I honestly believe that *in general* there are more opportunities for women (OK, inline with the other stuff I've been reading I'll caveat this with white, middle-class women), it seems shocking that such a growth industry as IT is actually losing women, and appears unable to determine why, or stop the flow. I get asked a lot, as a girl programmer, why there aren't more women in IT.  This is a complicated issue and one I've been thinking about for years and still don't have any good answers, but I personally think it's more about perception than anything else. I don't think it's because you get more outright sexism and laddish be

Scrum but...

Having experience Flaccid Scrum , I find this article interesting, and agree with most of it. I'd also like to add though, that if you do the scrum practices (story cards, stand ups, retrospectives, etc) but don't buy into the fundamental principals, you will not succeed.  And that means everyone on the team, not just the people in charge.  In particular, if the team is not empowered, is not committing to the estimates and the iteration plan in its heart, and and does not trust, then you are probably better off using traditional processes.  Or just as likely to fail whatever process you use.

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